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STEM Career Spotlight - Forensic Anthropologist
Forensic anthropology combines the
science of physical anthropology (human
evolutionary biology, physical variation, and
classification) and osteology (study of the
human skeleton) and applies the science in
a legal setting. Daily activities may involve
identification of deceased individuals where
the remains are burned, mutilated, or in
advances stages of decomposition.
Forensic anthropologists often work with
forensic pathologists and homicide investigators to identify evidence of trauma or
calculate how long a person has been deceased.
Students pursuing a career as a forensic anthropologist will need a bachelor’s degree in
anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology or anthropology as well as a graduate degree in
human biology or anthropology. Most forensic anthropologists have a Ph.D. degree.
Obtaining the highest level of academic achievement is important as this is not a high
demand occupation and there are relatively few positions available. The most common
initial career path is as a professor at a major college or university.
The popularity of crime solving television shows has created an interest in careers in this
field. Depending on education level, experience and area of focus, salaries for Forensic
Anthropologists can range from $35,000 to $100,000 and higher annually.
Source: http://criminaljusticeonlineblog.com/forensic-anthropologist-career/
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